Heather Christensen

Sustainability Consultant

North America

I am a Soil Science Specialist at Edge. I bring an interdisciplinary skill set to Edge through my experience with hydrogeology, soil science, biogeochemistry, water policy, and environmental advocacy work. In particular, my background in geochemistry and hydrogeology allows me to support our clients and project teams with groundwater, surface water, soil water, and runoff analyses and modelling, including water quality, contaminant/pollution transport and modelling, and mass balance analyses. I have done extensive work in soil, including soil health, soil carbon, soil microbial community, and physical and chemical analyses. Additionally, I can provide support and expertise in water policy and governance.

My favorite projects are those where I get to use hypothesis-driven experimentation and creative problem-solving to provide novel insights and solutions to complex questions. I enjoy using sound science to collaboratively guide project road-maps, create stakeholder engagement and consensus, and effectively quantify project progress and success. In any role I play on a project, I always enjoy working together with my team to tackle the challenge at hand!

I have a B.S. in Hydrogeology and an M.S. in Low-Temperature Aqueous Geochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.

I work in sustainability because I want to help make the world a better place for all living things. I have been given the privilege and opportunity to work towards improving the lives of others through making our planet a more resilient, liveable place. It’s going to take some very creative solutions to help solve the climate crisis, and I believe building sustainable systems is an integral part of that effort.

When I’m not working, you can find me trying out new recipes in the kitchen, making pottery, running the trail, looking for swimming holes, going on hikes, playing tennis, kayaking, watching soccer and basketball, volunteering on a DEI committee at my alma mater, listening to music, vintage shopping, or reading a good book in the park.

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